Nevermind Watchdown: S26E01, or I Found Something That Works, and I’m Sticking With It

Alright, it’s been a while. Time for another Buzzcocks series.

By this point, NMTB had sort of found its early-2010’s niche, and was definitely more pop-oriented and less quiz-oriented. Still, the series chugged along. Tonight, Kathy Burke, comedy legend and French & Saunders player, hosts the show. Should be pretty fun.

The panel consists of approx. one returning player, that being Sarah Millican, who’ll probably do well tonight. Mark Hoppus, lead singer of Blink-182, is also here…which is pretty surprising, as well as Fazer from N-Dubz, and …Olympian long-jumper Greg Rutherford? Maybe somebody dropped out?

Also, interesting to note…no cold open. Hm. Maybe they’re growing up a smidge.

Maybe in lieu of that, the captains and host get Olympics-style intros, thanks to this episode coming on the heels of the all-important London Olympics. The captains have stunt doubles do their insane jumps for them. Kathy tries it herself and falls. This may be what we’re in for.

As Snoop Dogg is the subject of Phill’s round, Fazer brings up that around that point he’d changed his name to ‘Snoop Lion’, and was doing a reggae album.
Noel: “What’s his name? Snoop Layin’?”
Phill: “You know what that means, right? Evolution. I think his next incarnation will be Snoop Buffalo…”
Noel: “I was gonna say Buffalo…I was thinking of a larger animal…”

Kathy seems to have the right ‘nudge nudge wink wink’ attitude. She has a standup about Snoop’s song-book being made from rolling papers, “or, if you prefer, you can get it in an e-book. [WINK]”

After the wink gets a huge response, Kathy: “I’m just gonna use that throughout the whole show. I found something that works, and I’m sticking with it.”

After the Bieber clip
Mark: “…did he just say ‘shawty’ in that?”
Kathy: “I don’t know what he said, the little twat…”

Mark, proving why he was a tremendous overdue get: ‘I think it was the Bieber vitamins, because I remember the ad for it, it was ‘it’s the fastest way to get me inside you…”
Kathy, laughing: ‘I do remember that…”
Mark: “He looks at the camera and goes ‘swallow me’?”

Kathy does say that she’s happy that Greg’s here, because she wanted an Olympian. However, possibly lampshading the original person in his seat, she goes “and obviously…I would have preferred Mo Farra…”

Noel, to Greg: “D’you ever think about anything mid-flight? Like, ‘boy, I really would fancy some toast…'”
Greg: “It goes so quickly that I never really-”
Noel: “D’you ever…not land?”
Sarah: “D’you land in sand? D’you ever worry if you’re gonna land in a dog-poo or something?”

Kathy does commit to some of the stunts, but wholeheartedly. She says to Greg that he’s become one of the many ‘flame-headed’ celebrities who get shat on by comedians, and says “I’m not into that, you see….SO LET’S PLAY, NAME THAT GINGER!!!”

Kathy gives some clues, and Greg guesses “oh, it’s that one out of Girls Aloud?”
Kathy: “EXACTLY! That one out of Girls Aloud!”
Phill: “Is that officially her name now? The one out of Girls Aloud?”
Kathy: “That’s what I’ve got on the card! ‘The one…from Girls Aloud!”

The next one Kathy gives clues for is, well, Greg, but Greg insists that one of the facts, that he likes karaoke, is false, as he’s never been.
Noel: “I’d love it if right after the show you went straight to the karaoke bar…”

Kathy: “I am characterized by my strong, sweet, yet woody smell-”
Phill: “CHEWBACCA!”
Kathy: “I have been used since ancient times to help digestive problems-”
Mark: “OH! GINGER!”

Kathy: “Who Am I…it doesn’t say this on the card, but she’s really fuckin’ annoying.”
Sarah: “Geri Halliwell”
Kathy: “YES, GERI HALLIWELL!”

Kathy: “Now, Justin’s broken a lot of young girls’ hearts…I say hearts. Hymens.”
That was almost EXACTLY a Mark Lamarr joke, and she delivered it perfectly. Man, Kathy Burke’s no-fucks-given approach is selling this show.

Sarah, after Fazer and Phill’s 1st intro: “When you both started screaming…it sounded like what a stroke must sound like in your head…”

After the Aerosmith intro, Kathy: “A lot of buildup, lot of foreplay coming from Steven…”
Noel: “Do you fancy Steven Tyler?”
Kathy: “Oh, I DOOOO…I’m nearly fifty, mate, OF COURSE I THINK HE’S SEXY. HE’S STILL ALIVE!”

Kathy: ‘The Isley Brothers were once a six-piece band but two of the members died. Now I know what you’re thinking…”If only that would happen to Jedward…”

Again, more proof that Mark was perfect for NMTB: Right before going into an intro of Somebody I Used to Know, Mark, under his breath, goes “oh god…”

Mark and Noel’s intro for Muse’s Survival (the Olympics theme) is a sight to be beheld, just a bass-song that just gets considerably higher and stringier. It’s just hysterical.

When they place it in, Kathy just starts dancing to it, like dramatically.
Noel: “If I were training for the Olympics, that’s the exact kind of music I’d want to listen to. Just sounds like someone’s coming after you with a knife…”

This is a nice touch: for Phill’s ID Parade, they have to guess which is the kid from the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album. Nice twist on the round.

They even get to ask him stuff afterwards.
Phill: “How much sex did you get from being on that cover…”
Spencer: “I think…at least twice I got laid from being that kid…”

Noel’s side has to figure out which of the ID Parade is a Miley Cyrus superfan who’s tattooed his entire body with Miley stuff. So, twist to the round this week…maybe they couldn’t get talent.

#5 in Noel’s is “He cost so much to get him on the show that we figured we might as well get another use out of him, IT’S SPENCER ELDON THE NIRVANA BABY!”
Noel: “…is it #5?”

As they’re talking to #1, the actual superfan.
Mark, channeling Dave Fulton: “Can we ask #4 why he’s looked so depressed this whole time?”

Next Lines: “Say it ain’t so, I will not go.”
Mark, nodding: “Turn the lights off, carry me home…”
Kathy: “Beautiful…”
Mark: “THAT’S OUR SONG!!!”

Kathy: “Phill’s team, you need 7 points to win!”
Phill: “IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN!”
Kathy: “Well, give it a go…”
…That’s like word-for-word a Mark Lamarr line from the video special. Maybe it’s like Spectre, where it’s just a drawn-out homage.

Kathy: “I’ve got passion in my pants, and I ain’t afraid to show it.”
Phill: “PFFFFFF…”
Sarah: “I’ve got some cream from the doctor’s?”

Kathy: “Oooh, baby, I’m hot, just like an oven.”
Sarah: “…but I need to go clean?”

Kathy even signs off by thanking “Mark Hoppus and Greg Jumpus…Rutherford…”

Overall: A promising and insanely watchable start to the series. It helped having Kathy Burke as guest host, as she felt well with the show’s brand of humor, as well as being legitimately funny and loose. Despite Greg not doing a great deal, this was a nice panel, the best surprise being Mark Hoppus being INSANELY GAME and INSANELY FUNNY. Sarah had some good lines, Fazer had some nice moments. Not a ton of problems here.

Guest Host Rating: 9/10. Solid job, Kathy.
Best Regular: Noel
Best Guest: Mark
Best Runner: Nevermind Baby

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